FIFA.com talks to Houston Dynamo veteran Brad Davis about being one step from another MLS Cup and the Texas side's no-nonsense recipe for consistent success.
LA Galaxy are gaining momentum in Major League Soccer's play-offs, while favourites San Jose, Sporting Kansas City and the New York Red Bulls are all ruing what might have been.
Houston Dynamo are the big underdogs in Sunday's MLS title-decider, but defender Andre Hainault tells FIFA.com why LA Galaxy's shining stars shouldn't take the Texan side lightly.
The leading contenders in Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Ecuador and Mexico face examinations contrasting in difficulty, while the play-off race continues in the USA and a new season begins in South Africa.
US national team striker Brian Ching has given coach Bob Bradley a boost by returning to training earlier than expected following a hamstring injury.